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Pet Food Recalls Continue: Two more recalls one for Salmonella one for Listeria

TruPet recalled bags of Treat Me Crunchy Beef Delight after salmonella was found in a sample. The dog food was sold in the continental United States through and The contaminations were found by Michigan’s Department of Agriculture. Northwest Naturals recalled frozen Chicken and Salmon chubs after Michigan found Listeria. The product went to distributors in California, Washington, Texas, Michigan, Georgia and Rhode Island and to specialty pet retail stores from there. @

Designated lots of Treat Me Crunchy Beef Delight dog treats and Northwest Naturals’ Chicken and Salmon 5-pound chubs got recalled Friday for salmonella and listeria, respectively.





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A Study Conducted at University of Helsinki indicates that Bacteriophages Could be Employed to Eliminate Pathogens

Professor Mikael Skurnik from the University of Helsinki has studied bacteriophages, in cooperation with researchers at the Seoul National University in South Korea; they investigated the possibility of utilizing phages for the eradication of foodborne pathogens and preventing food poisoning. Their first focus was Yersinia enterocolitica. Contaminated foods were subject to phage treatment, after which the number of both bacteria and phages was monitored for three days. “Phage treatment was effective in inhibiting bacterial growth in food, while the number of phages in the food grew, indicating that phages infect bacteria and grow in them also when refrigerated,” says Skurnik.@

Bacteria-killing viruses could be employed not just in health care, but also in the food industry, a new study shows. The researchers have been investigating the possibility of utilizing phages in eradicating food-borne pathogens and preventing food poisoning.